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UPDATE: Accused 'RedBook' Owner from Mtn. View Nabbed by FBI After Skipping Court Appearance



UPDATED: Friday, June 27, 9:50 p.m.

The FBI has located one of the alleged proprietors of a sex listings website who missed his scheduled appearance in federal court today.

Eric "Red" Omuro, 53, is now in the custody of the FBI after he failed to show up in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins at 9:30 a.m. today to identify an attorney and enter a plea, according to FBI spokesman Peter Lee.

Omuro, a Mountain View resident, was released from custody Wednesday on a $500,000 unsecured bond.

Judge Cousins issued a bench warrant for his arrest when he failed to appear in court this morning. Omuro is accused of running the sex listings websites MyRedBook.com and SFRedBook.com with the assistance of codefendant Annemarie Lanoce, 40, of Rocklin.

The websites were seized by the FBI and U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday and Omuro and Lanoce were arrested.

An indictment unsealed that day accuses Omuro of using mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution and laundering more than $5 million he took in by running the site.

Lee said it is up to Judge Cousins to decide when Omuro will next appear in court.

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Friday, June 27, 10:56 a.m.

One of the alleged proprietors of a sex listings website charged with facilitating prostitution and money laundering skipped his court appearance this morning.

Eric "Red" Omuro, 53, of Mountain View, was released from custody Wednesday on a $500,000 unsecured bond and was due to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins this morning to identify an attorney and enter a plea.

He did not show up and Cousins issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

[Previous: FBI, IRS Shut Down 'RedBook' Escort Sites; Mtn. View Man Indicted As 1 of 2 Alleged Owners.]

Omuro is accused of running the sex listings websites MyRedBook.com and SFRedBook.com with the assistance of codefendant Annemarie Lanoce, 40, of Rocklin.

The websites were seized by the FBI and U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday and Omuro and Lanoce were arrested.

An indictment unsealed that day accuses Omuro of using mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution and laundering more than $5 million he took in by running the site.

--Bay City News

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